Video of my interview “On The Record”: Israeli officials on heightened alert after Malaysian jetliner disappears. “We’re watching a spell-binding international geopolitical thriller.”
(Washington, D.C.) — “Top Israeli defense officials have hurriedly put in place a confidential list of secret security measures in light of the baffling disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet that experts fear could become a weapon of mass destruction if in the wrong hands,” Fox News reported last night.
“With no trace of Beijing-bound flight MH370 after nine days, one of several theories that has emerged is that the plane was hijacked to Iran, where it could be turned into a massive and devastating weapon,” Fox reported. “ Two Iranian passengers are known to have been aboard, travelling on false passports. While Israeli officials did not confirm any suspicions regarding Iran, experts said it is not a stretch to point the finger at Israel’s middle east nemesis.”
Last night, I went “On The Record” with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the Israeli angle to this bizarre and developing story.
“We are watching a spell-binding international geopolitical thriller,” I told Greta. “I’m a novelist — post (working for) Netanyahu. This is playing out moment by moment in a mystery that everyone wants to know what the answer is, and the Israelis have a specific concern. They’re watching a security environment deteriorate all around them. Syria is imploding. You’ve got chemical weapons that were supposed to be removed, now what will the Russians do? So they’re watching this very closely, and they’re probably a target, among others.”
Greta asked if the Israelis have specific intelligence indicating they were responding to.
“I can’t answer that question,” I replied. “But here’s what they [Israel] do know — al Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, everyone wants them hit….So you have to take every precaution.”
Iran released a video recently showing an Iranian attack on Tel Aviv. We know two Iranians using stolen passports were on the Malaysian flight. As more evidence emerges, officials are indicating that the flight’s course was deliberately changed from a heading towards China to a direction that could potentially have taken the plane to India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or even on to Iran or in the Middle East.
Worst case scenario: the plane was either hijacked by Radical Islamic terrorists — or the pilots, who are Muslim, were radicalized and part of the plot — and the plane was made to disappear so that it could be used for a 9/11-style attack, or even as a weapon of mass destruction. God forbid.
Greta noted we’re not hearing much from the U.S. government.
“Actually, you’re not hearing from any country except Israel about taking increased security measures. That’s how sensitive the Israelis are to this….They haven’t lost a plane of their own since 1968. Nobody has hijacked an Israeli plane. But once you have a situation in a place where al Qaeda held a conference, in a region where it’s so clearly no-man’s land in the sense of security, that every interview you’ve had describes the Malaysian military doesn’t know [what happened] or even have a protocol for how to keep track of a plane like this, so the threat is real….It’s a thriller we hope gets solved safely and quickly.”